"What's Happening to Me?" A Guide to Puberty Info

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THE HONEST YET HUMOROUS GUIDE TO PUBERTY THAT GENERATIONS OF
PARENTS AND KIDS HAVE ENJOYED

 
For more than twenty
years, the bestselling team behind Where Did I Come
From?
 has helped millions of parents, children and young adults
talk about the facts of life in a straightforward yet lighthearted way.
What’s Happening to Me? offers an honest, humorous and
sympathetic explanation of the physical and emotional changes occurring
during adolescence, answering the questions that kids ask most
often.
 
Why is my chest getting bumpy? What's a wet
dream?

What's a period?  Why is my voice acting so
funny?

Why do I get pimples? What's an erection?

Why am I getting hairy? Why is mine not like his?
 

Enough strange and wonderful things happen to all of us during puberty
to fill a book. So here it is - the book that answers some of the big
questions, and explains some of the big changes. One look at the
illustrations will tell you that this is not a dull medical textbook.
But it does present the facts of life during puberty, and it presents
them with honesty, sympathy and a sense of humor.

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Reviews for "What's Happening to Me?" A Guide to Puberty:

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Jun 09, 2008

This was a great book - the illustrations were hilarious. I read this book as an awkward preteen who was embarrassed about everything, but the humor of this book really helped me get through awkwardness of puberty. I'm sure some people would be offended by the frankness of the book, but it's not vulgar at all. And kids need to know about this stuff - and this book can help kids not take themselves so seriously.
1

Jan 03, 2018

I didn’t like how it mentioned that a girl’s breasts are for male pleasure. That is not their purpose and not what they are there for. It encourages the sexual objectification of girls and is by no way charming.
1

May 13, 2011

Thought this would be a great book to discuss puberty with my 10 year old, since I loved the authors book about where babies come from. TOTALLY disagreed with the authors on two pages about the big M word. I know everyone had different views on the subject, but the author's view that everyone does it so "let it make you feel good, not guilty" was DEFINITELY not for me and my children.
5

Aug 31, 2011

I remember this book clearly, almost to the page! It's been about 20 years since I read it....so it had an impact. Just after having "the talk", my parents gave me the book to consult if I had more questions. I studied every page, giggled over some of them with my cousins, and really got a lot of info from it.
3

May 31, 2008

Bought this for my son when he was that "age" and it became a topic immortalized in family lore. One of those "failed" parental moments. I thought it was good. The kids were mortified and still make fun of me for it. You can't win.
5

Mar 30, 2008

This made talking with my son so much easier. Oh, it just was a godsend. In a gentle and witty matter, it covers all the bases in a manner that any young adult will find reassuring.
0

Jul 11, 2018

John says this book "is full of hilarious and on-the-nose artwork and facts about always silly, often embarrassing universal experience that is puberty. From acne and smells to a whole page of how boobs can be totally different shapes, it made adolescents everywhere feel more comfortable in their skins while going through what might be the weirdest part of life. In the age before youtube, books like this were truly special."
1

Aug 27, 2018

How da fuck does this have such a high star rating? My ten year old found it on our bookshelf. I don't remember reading it myself but I kept our family's childhood books. My daughter happened to leave it on the coffee table upside down and I noticed it had been created by three dudes in the 70s. Something -- not sure what! -- made me check it myself to see it if was terrible.

Yeah, it was terrible. It was terrible in the most terrible of ways, and not just because of 1970s heteronormativity. We How da fuck does this have such a high star rating? My ten year old found it on our bookshelf. I don't remember reading it myself but I kept our family's childhood books. My daughter happened to leave it on the coffee table upside down and I noticed it had been created by three dudes in the 70s. Something -- not sure what! -- made me check it myself to see it if was terrible.

Yeah, it was terrible. It was terrible in the most terrible of ways, and not just because of 1970s heteronormativity. We now know much more about hormones, for instance. The illustrations are very male gazey. While kids are encouraged not to worry! Don't be embarrassed! Don't be ashamed! it hadn't actually occurred to my kid that she should be ashamed. The very worst part, which my husband even gasped at as he ambled past, is the page about girls' breasts and how they're for looking nice and boys and men love them. No no, maybe the worst part is the page where girls are told that other girls may tease them about their breasts but it's only because they're 'jealous'. Oh man, I just can't decide.

So I sat down with the kid and explained page by page all the reasons why this book is terrible. Then I told her to shove it in the bin. She asked if maybe she should cut it up first with scissors in case someone found it. But since it has been improved with the addition of coffee grounds and chicken juice I figure we're good. ...more
1

Apr 09, 2016

Horrible book. Maybe when it came out in 1975 it was useful but the language and content intended for preadolescent boys today is simply useless. I pretty much shock my head the entire time I was reading it. It is obvious a man wrote it. I wouldn't have my son or daughter read this.
4

Aug 25, 2008

everything you want to know about Provence in one convenient location
3

Jun 27, 2014

This morning, somewhere between sleep and wake my mind was remembering this book. I believe it was provided to my older brother and me in lieu of "the talk". Remember the funny cartoons, photos and graphics of not only this book, but its prequel "Where Did I Come From?" makes me giggle.
4

Dec 28, 2015

I pored over these pictures when I was a kid. I think I did find it very helpful to have this around when I was growing up. As with "Where Did I Come From?" I think this is a great starting point for parents to have a discussion about sex and puberty.
5

Jan 06, 2015

Great no-nonsense, lighthearted and informative book targeted at pre-pubescent kids. Great for parents too!
5

Aug 01, 2007

This was a big help, back in the day. I think it was a hand-me-down from my cousins!
3

Jul 01, 2008

Not as good as Where Did I Come From but still helpful. By the time I read this I already knew all the info inside though.
3

Jul 25, 2011

Another good book for the age frame of which it is targeted and was given. Could open up dialog between parents and their kids with such a touchy subject.
3

Jun 21, 2007

This is a cool guide to the changes of puberty illustrated mostly with funny cartoons.
4

May 27, 2017

Good book for explaining to 8-12 year old kids about puberty.
5

Jul 09, 2017

Explains changes to your body as a teen. Great book with cartoon images.
5

Mar 16, 2017

I was like ten or nine when my mum got this book for me. I read it a while ago, but I didn't really remember it so I re-read it the other day. It's a very good book. It taught me a lot about puberty and alot of other things...
3

Jan 19, 2016

This is very helpful with talking to your child about their body and what to expect.

Read the book first so you can choose what you want to read with them as it talks about the body as well as the hormones and feelings they may be feeling and how to manage that.

This book made my conversation with my child a lot easier than what I originally going to have with them. I highly recommend this book to parents that may be a bit nervous talking about this close and personal topic with their This is very helpful with talking to your child about their body and what to expect.

Read the book first so you can choose what you want to read with them as it talks about the body as well as the hormones and feelings they may be feeling and how to manage that.

This book made my conversation with my child a lot easier than what I originally going to have with them. I highly recommend this book to parents that may be a bit nervous talking about this close and personal topic with their child/children. ...more
4

May 21, 2014

My Mom bought this for me when I was a tween, and I loved it - it's funny, the illustration are great, and it explains puberty and your body's changes really well.

However, my sister & I both had the same experience when we bought this book for our sons - neither of them would read it! It's been sitting on my son's bookshelf for over a year - untouched! Maybe it's a boy thing?
3

Jul 27, 2008

This is a very funny book with great illustrations. I had this book as a kid. I remember my mother bought it for me, put it in the hall cupboard, and said she would leave it there should I ever have a question too embarrassing to ask. Needless to say, I was too embarrassed to ever take it out of the cupboard.

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